Friday, September 9, 2016

Parsha Shoftim, 4 stories, eye-witness news

Shlomo Yosef ben Nofyah Vered thanks all for the prayers no need for more.

                                                                 Parsha Shoftim

When one becomes a judge, he should look not only upon the litigants and their cases but that if he makes a mistake it is similar to the pit of hell opening up before him. With an Aguna this is especially so. I brought down the story of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein who came across an Aguna who remarried and her husband returned. She mentioned the name of a big Rabbi that permitted her and Rabbi Moshe could not believe it even when she repeated the story a few times. Finally, she admitted the truth and had to get a Get from both husbands.

The judges warned against taking a bribe or judging a close family member are G-D fearing Jews and learned Dayanim. They are not politicians using their office to gain wealth and power and subject to a bribe this way or the other. They were chosen to be judges because they learned Torah and were men of esteem. But unfortunately we have had a few Dayanim in Divorce Courts that did some hanky-panky or a Judge or Clerk in a Conversion Court ‘speeded’ things up for a bit of money. Again these are people who started out as G-D Fearing and honest people, all the more so politicians with aspirations for power and wealth.

16:18 Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, tribe by tribe; and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.

A Judge from the same tribe of Dan either grew up in the area we call Gush Dan or Dan in the North and would know the neighborhoods, area and customs of his tribe. While somebody from Yehuda or Benyamin might have different customs. Today we live in an era of transportation and somebody from Bnei Barak, Ashdod, Kiriat Sefer or Yerushalayim might have a similar background although the area covers the Tribes of Yehuda, Benyamin and Dan.

19 Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons; neither shalt thou take a gift; for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.

Rabban Gamliel and his sister had a “dispute” and went to a Roman Judge each gave different bribes and the Judge went to the larger bribe. She gave him a lamp and Rabban Gamliel gave him a jackass. The trial was public and she hinted that he should be enlightened and he went to Rabban Gamliel’s side who said, “My donkey kicked over your lamp”.

20 Justice, justice shalt thou follow, that thou may live, and inherit the land which the LORD your God gives you.

The implication is that if you don’t follow justice, then you will have an early death and lose the right to be in the land.

21 Thou shalt not plant thee an Asherah of any kind of tree beside the altar of the LORD thy God, which thou shalt make thee.

An old tree or only tree on top of a mountain became a subject for worship often in ancient times.

22 Neither shalt thou set thee up a pillar, which the LORD thy God hates.

Times change for it was an ancient custom. Beresheis 28:18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put under his head, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it. Yacov set up a pillar unto HASHEM and as a foundation column for HIS Mikdash but even this is now forbidden as the idolaters do this now.

17:1 Thou shalt not sacrifice unto the LORD thy God an ox, or a sheep, wherein is a blemish, even any evil thing; for that is an abomination unto the LORD thy God.

This was the mistake of Kayn in Gan Eden that he did not bring the choicest animal for sacrifice but that of a lower quality while Hevel brought the best fruits.

2 If there be found in the midst of thee, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that does that which is evil in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing His covenant, 3 and has gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, or the sun, or the moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have commanded not; 4 and it be told thee, and thou hear it, then shalt thou inquire diligently, and, behold, if it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel; 5 then you shall bring forth that man or that woman, who have done this evil thing, unto thy gates, even the man or the woman; and thou shalt stone them with stones, that they die. 6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is to die be put to death; at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death. 7 The hand of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. So thou shalt put away the evil from the midst of thee.

There are a few things covered in Meseches Sanhedrin that I would like to mention here so that my reader will understand the Jewish Justice System. I am only scratching the surface.

First of all, only a small Sanhedrin of 23 could judge a death penalty. Two other rows of Sanhedrins were seated at the court in case a judge became, ill, was a close relative of a witness, etc. This meant 69 Rabbis sitting in place. Besides that, a doctor was present and in case of rebellion against Halacha and HASHEM a person to give out stripes. [Melted out in case of going against the Rabbis on a number of things or somebody saying someone else was not a Cohen and it was found to be a lie.] More people plus the witnesses, counter witnesses if they existed, the accused, etc. which according to the Gemara would be 120 people.

The court would then call two witnesses forward. I could not be a he-said, she-said situation but a minimum of two or three witnesses. At which point each witness would testify separately. If one said it was around such and such an hour and the other said the same hour or within a small timing error their testimony was accepted. However, if one said the sun was in the east of noon and the other said in the west of noon we did not accept such testimony.

It was possible for the accused to bring counter witnesses such as on Chaf-Hay Elul 5761 at 9:30 you were with us at Cantor Fitzgerald in the World Trade Center. There was a possible to bring other witnesses that everybody who was in Cantor Fitzgerald passed away when the building collapsed.

When it was established that the person worshipped idols, deliberately lite a fire on Shabbos, committed murder or adultery then we have the witnesses push the criminal down from a height of about 2 meters high and then roll a heavy stone down on the guilty person from that height. Afterwards, the nation could stone the person if the doctor did not declare him/her dead. There was also a possibility of learning a reason not to inflict the death penalty by the Sanhedrin at which point the person would be brought back before the judges. A “killing” Sanhedrin as it is called in Hebrew (hanging court in English) would be one who executed a person once every 70 years.

Rabbi Akiva said that if he were on the court, he would find a reason not to execute the guilty party (which goes against the grain of the Torah Pshat).

8 If there arise a matter too hard for thee in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, even matters of controversy within thy gates; then shalt thou arise, and get thee up unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose. 9 And thou shall come unto the priests the Levites, and unto the judge that shall be in those days; and thou shalt inquire; and they shall declare unto thee the sentence of judgment.

This was to consult with the Cohain HaGadol using the Urim v’ Tumim. We do not know what they were. They existed in the Beis HaMikdash Rishon and not recovered. Supposedly Yermiyahu hid them away only to be found in the days of the Moshiach. There existed the possibility of course in consulting the Sanhedrin HaGadol aka Beis Din HaGadol that sat before the Temple Court in Yerushalayim. 

… 11 According to the law which they shall teach thee, and according to the judgment which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do; thou shalt not turn aside from the sentence which they shall declare unto thee, to the right hand, nor to the left.

Do not deviate from what the Torah says. For this reason, even though in 99% of the time we perform Halitzah instead of Levirate Marriage, if the couple decides to live together (because the Kedushim of the deceased still apply) we allow it even today and even if he has a wife and children of his own. {I do not know of such a case but the theory is there.}

There are many Gezairas and other fences around the Torah today which did not exist per sec at the beginning of Yetzias Mitzrayim such as Pekuach Nefesh Heterim of today. But all this the Sages instituted and we cannot go against it. Lastly, often Pshat in written Torah was different or lacking and the Oral Torah expanded upon it. I always use the slaughtering of animals. The type of knife, sharpness, depth of the cut, blessing, the removal of blood, blessing, etc. are all in the Oral Torah and the written Torah is lacking. The Oral Torah was given on Sinai and the 13 principles on how to expand upon it or confine a passages were given too.

14 When thou art come unto the land which the LORD thy God gives thee, and shall possess it, and shalt dwell therein; and shalt say: 'I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are round about me'; 15 thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose; one from among thy brethren shall you set king over thee; thou may not put a foreigner over thee, who is not thy brother.

The people have a commandment to set up not only courts of law and teachers but a King for civil law and the army once we enter the land. He must be born from the Bnei Yisrael. The Torah does not specify tribe but that came from the prophets later on.

16 Only he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses; forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you: 'Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.'

He can have a few horses for transportation or even battle-drill competition (Pshat at the time of the writing of the Torah which might be one or two cars and drivers today that are bullet proof). I saw at the airport when Clinton came to visit Rabin or for the funeral that one or two limos were readied a day before for him and a few transport helicopters.

17 Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turns not away; neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.

Neither should he over-indulge in worldly pleasures king or no king the Rabbis limited him to 18 wives after Shlomo passed away. Also the was not to over-tax the people but use the money for services of the nation.

18 And it shall be, when he sits upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book, out of that which is before the priests the Levites. 19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life; that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them;

He is to write or commission to write a Sefer Torah that will be with him all the time in battle even and today I would say an on-line set of Talmud, Shulchan Aruch and “Questions and Answers” of the Rabbis.

20 that his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turns not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left; to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children, in the midst of Israel.

He shall be humble from the Nation.

18:1 The priests the Levites, even all the tribe of Levi, shall have no portion nor inheritance with Israel; they shall eat the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and His inheritance. … 3 And this shall be the priests' due from the people, from them that offer a sacrifice, whether it be ox or sheep, that they shall give unto the priest the shoulder, and the two cheeks, and the maw. 4 The first-fruits of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the first of the fleece of thy sheep, shalt thou give him. 5 … to stand to minister in the name of the LORD, him and his sons forever.

They are to be teachers and religious leaders and guides. In their time, they acted as Rabbi, Judge, Social Worker and Psychologist.

… 9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you any one that makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, one that uses divination, a soothsayer, or an enchanter, or a sorcerer,

Have you had Tarot Cards, Regular Cards, looked into a Crystal Ball, put on a red string instead of fire? I would not have my tea leaves or coffee grinds read either. In fact, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef was wary of many so-called Kabbala Experts that are really quacks. I know of a simple man who is a Kabbalist but not an expert and once met a gardener who was one. Yes, there are hidden Tzaddikim but be wary of all this stuff.

11 or a charmer, or one that consults a ghost or a familiar spirit, or a necromancer.

The fact of the matter is that séances, boards and these things are done by either quacks or through the Sidra Acher. Rabbi Rami Levy is the only person who survived a horrible séance when he was non-religious and from that he returned to Torah Judaism. It is a long story involving a cassette or two in Hebrew.

12 For whosoever does these things is an abomination unto the LORD; and because of these abominations the LORD thy God is driving them out from before thee. 13 Thou shalt be whole-hearted with the LORD thy God.

Purge and scourge the nation from these nonsensical abominations. Be pure before HASHEM.

14 For these nations, that thou art to dispossess, hearken unto soothsayers, and unto diviners; but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.

This reminds me of the television priest who said a number of years ago that G-D told him that he would take him if people did not donate a million dollars and he repeated this again. Maybe G-D had pity upon the poor fools and did take him or the network took him off after the second stint. There was a cult that predicted the end of the world and committed suicide together a number of years ago. They all seem to have a number of things in common. A true prophet will have fear of HASHEM.

15 A prophet will the LORD thy God raise up unto thee, from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; … 18 I will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee; and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. 19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto My words which he shall speak in My name, I will require it of him. 20 But the prophet, that shall speak a word presumptuously in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.'

You have to be careful for false prophets. The Rambam says that if the prophet says something good will happen and it does then he has prophecy but if somebody says something bad will happen, and the people repent as in the story of Yona and Nineveh then he can be true but the repentance avoided the evil decree. However, if the prophet comes and says something good will happen and it does not happen then he is a false prophet.

21 And if thou say in thy heart: 'How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?' 22 When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously, thou shalt not be afraid of him.

It can be like many who think they are the Moshiach or incarnation of G-D and these unfortunate individuals run around places like Yeshiva University trying to get a following. I used to hear of a few of these 50 years ago.

19:1 When the LORD thy God shall cut off the nations, whose land the LORD thy God giveth thee, and thou do succeed them, and dwell in their cities, and in their houses; 2 thou shalt separate three cities for thee in the midst of thy land, which the LORD thy GOD giveth thee to possess it. 3 Thou shalt prepare three cities of refugee for the accidental manslayer may flee thither. … 8 And if the LORD thy God enlarge thy border, as He hath sworn unto thy fathers, and give thee all the land which He promised to give unto thy fathers-- 9 if thou shalt keep all this commandment to do it, which I command thee this day, to love the LORD thy God, and to walk ever in His ways--then shalt thou add three cities more for thee, beside these three; 10 that innocent blood be not shed in the midst of thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and so blood be upon thee.
11 But if any man hate his neighbor, and lie in wait for him, … 13 Thine eye shall not pity him, but thou shalt put away the blood of the innocent from Israel, that it may go well with thee.

This is the case of first degree murder.

14 Thou shalt not remove thy neighbor's landmark, which they of old time have set, in thine inheritance which thou shalt inherit, in the land that the LORD thy God gives thee to possess it.

Unfortunately, these cases happen. This is out and out thievery.

15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sins; at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall a matter be established.

The matter was discussed above.

16 If an unrighteous witness rise up against any man to bear perverted witness against him; 17 then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before the LORD, before the priests and the judges that shall be in those days. 18 And the judges shall inquire diligently; and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother; 19 then shall ye do unto him, as he had purposed to do unto his brother; so shalt thou put away the evil from the midst of thee.

Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous people who would do these things.

20 And those that remain shall hear, and fear, and shall henceforth commit no more any such evil in the midst of thee. 21 And thine eye shall not pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

The meaning here is compensation, as if a Yisrael was to testify that somebody is not a Cohain or Levy since he is not a Cohain or Levy he has nothing to lose but if you fine him a large sum nobody will dare bring a false claim

20:1 When thou go forth to battle against thine enemies, and see horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, thou shalt not be afraid of them; for the LORD thy God is with thee, who brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

The noise of our own artillery shaking the earth, the explosions, flares over-head or near- by are upsetting and can put anybody off his composure. Add to this that the enemy is out there possibly within shooting range and you have a horrible combination that can put fear into your own heart as you arrive on the scene or even shooting tracer bullets or shells. We don’t have horses anymore against us but jeeps, APC, tanks and artillery in the form of pieces or rockets poised on either side.

2 And it shall be, when ye draw nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people, 3 and shall say unto them: 'Hear, O Israel, ye draw nigh this day unto battle against your enemies; let not your heart faint; fear not, nor be alarmed, neither be ye affrighted at them;

Here is the young soldier shaking in his boots from all the noise and the adrenalin is pumping his heart. So why shouldn’t he be scared?

4 for the LORD your God is He that goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.'

This is the reason why one should not be afraid. Or as we say when we wake up each day. Mishlei 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the All-holy is understanding.

At this point the officers remove those who may panic for whatever reason. With these words:  5 And the officers shall speak unto the people, saying: 'What man is there that has built a new house, and hath not dedicated it? let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man dedicate it. 6 And what man is there that hath planted a vineyard, and hath not used the fruit thereof? let him go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man use the fruit thereof. 7 And what man is there that hath betrothed a wife, and hath not taken her? let him go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man take her.' 8 And the officers shall speak further unto the people, and they shall say: 'What man is there that is fearful and faint-hearted? let him go and return unto his house, lest his brethren's heart melt as his heart.'

During Pillar-Cloud Operation, Aaron Kirov returned to his men the day after his Chupah along with his newly married assistant, Nehemiah and Chaim the fellow carrying the radio who was also in his first year of marriage. All three were injured with Aaron suffering the worse injuries of the war. This goes to show that some men are heroes and some men are cowards. The real yellow-bellies will be weeded out and most others will remain but we can judge them as newlyweds, just built their home. What we want to avoid is a route of our soldiers.

 9 And it shall be, when the officers have made an end of speaking unto the people, that captains of hosts shall be appointed at the head of the people.

With the exception of the Canaan Nations mentioned, one should offer surrender terms to each city conquered or about to be conquered. You should not destroy fruit trees outside of a city under siege.

21:1 If one be found slain in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it, lying in the field, and it be not known who hath smitten him; 2 then thy elders and thy judges shall come forth, and they shall measure unto the cities which are round about him that is slain. 3 And it shall be, that the city which is nearest unto the slain man, even the elders of that city shall take a heifer of the herd, which hath not been wrought with, and which hath not drawn in the yoke. 4 And the elders of that city shall bring down the heifer unto a rough valley, which may neither be plowed nor sown, and shall break the heifer's neck there in the valley…

The Egel is taken to atone for the sin of the elders for not protecting the traveler or praying that such an occurrence would not happen.

7 And they shall speak and say: 'Our hands have not shed this blood; neither have our eyes seen it. 8 Forgive, O LORD, Thy people Israel, whom Thou hast redeemed, and suffer not innocent blood to remain in the midst of Thy people Israel.' And the blood shall be forgiven them. 9 So shalt thou put away the innocent blood from the midst of thee, when thou shalt do that which is right in the eyes of the LORD.

Again I put off the 9th installment of my return to Judaism, but this time, I have a few stories in articles. The first called the Pious Thief by Menachem Posner is an interesting story of Teshuva and rags to riches.

Of all the stories told about the great Rabbi Yisrael, the Maggid of Kozhnitz, this is perhaps one of the strangest and the most wondrous.
Among Rabbi Yisrael’s many chassidim was a learned man, a pious Jew who was well regarded by all as a righteous individual. Like so many others in Poland in those years, he was beset by poverty.
He had, thank G‑d, many mouths to feed and no steady source of income.
Rebbe,” he said one day to Rabbi Yisrael, “please advise me. How can I support my wife and children? I simply cannot bear to watch them suffer, hungry and inadequately clothed. Is there anything I can do?”
“It appears to me,” replied the holy man, “that all avenues of earning are closed to you. There is but one channel through which you can receive your sustenance, but it is a profession you would never consider.”
“My dear teacher,” replied the man, “I am so desperate to feed my family that I will do anything. No profession, no matter how lowly, is beneath my dignity.”
“If you insist,” said the sage grudgingly, “I can tell you, but you will not be happy with what you hear. It is revealed to me from the heavens that the only profession in which you can succeed is thievery. If you turn to stealing, nothing can stand in the way of your success.”
Sadly, the chassid returned home. “How can I ever steal?” he thought to himself. “It is against the will of G‑d.”
Time passed, and the chassid and his family grew more and more hungry. One night, he began to reason with himself. “G‑d allows us to break the holy Sabbath for the sake of saving a life,” he figured. “Why should stealing be any different? My family will soon starve to death. Let me go out and see if I can steal a little something. As soon as G‑d wills it, I will have a few coins of my own, and I will pay them back.”
With that, he went to the deserted marketplace. He walked among the shuttered stalls and shops, trying the locks. Finally, he found an open door. He quietly slipped inside, tiptoed toward the back and rummaged around until he located the cash box, which was unlocked.
With his heart in his throat, he withdrew a single coin and fled homeward as fast as his legs would carry him. The next morning, he went to the baker and bought bread for his wife and children.
The following morning, the shopkeeper was greeted by an open door flapping in the breeze. Suspecting the worst, he entered his store and was surprised to see that none of the merchandise had been disturbed. In fact, even the cash was still in his box, save for a single coin.
Word spread quickly, and people began to talk about the strange robber who took just one coin.
After the poor man and his family finished their bread, the man tried his hardest to resist the temptation to “borrow” another coin. But the sight of his hungry children proved too much for him, and he found himself once again walking among the deserted market stalls. Once again, he located an open door, and was soon holding another coin.
This became a regular occurrence. Every few weeks, a single coin would be missing from another shop, and no one had the slightest idea who could be the one behind the rash of mini-robberies.
Guards were posted at every store in town. But the honest thief managed to slip through their fingers. After all, the righteous Rabbi Yisrael had assured him that he would find success in thievery.
One night, the mayor himself decided to stay up late and see if he could solve the mystery.
Dressed as a civilian, he waited in the shadows, watching for any sign of movement. Finally, he saw a hunched figure hurrying away from a shop.
“I got you!” he cried, grabbing hold of the man’s collar. “You thought you could run away, but I’m not going to let go of you. Tomorrow, I’ll bring you to the mayor, and he’ll see to it that you are properly dealt with.”
“Please have mercy on me,” begged the distraught thief. “I’m just a poor man trying to borrow a few coins to support my starving family. Everyone can attest that I never took even a single penny more than what I needed. If the town finds out that I was the one, I will be ruined. This will stain my good name and standing in the community forever. Believe me, G‑d is my witness that I plan to pay every penny back just as soon as I am able.”
The thief continued to beg, and the undercover mayor finally relented. “I’ll tell you what,” he said. “You’re obviously a skilled thief. Do me this one favor, and I’ll let you free. I have secret knowledge that the mayor of this town just received a large sum of money. He has it in a box under his bed. There is a small window to his bedroom. If you can manage to squeeze into his room and come back with the box of treasures, we can split it evenly between ourselves, and I’ll let you go free.”
“I cannot do that,” protested the chassid. “I’m not a burglar or criminal. I took just what I needed. How can I rob an innocent man of what is rightfully his?”
“That’s your decision,” replied the mayor. “Either you do as I say, or I report you in the morning.”
Left with no choice, the chassid made his way to the mayor’s house and soon returned empty-handed.
“Thank G‑d, I did not take a thing,” he told his captor. “I crept into the room and was about to look for the box, when I heard voices. The mayor’s household assistants were talking among themselves, saying that they were planning to slip some poison into their master’s morning tea and then make off with his treasure. We must warn the mayor as soon as possible. He may even reward us.”
As soon as the mayor heard the man’s words, he said, “You go home, and I’ll warn the mayor. Just give me your hat, so that I can later identify you.”
With that, the mayor returned to his mansion. The following morning, as soon as his tea was served, he had it fed to one of the dogs, who immediately began showing signs of distress. He had caught his servants in their treacherous act.
As soon as the drama of his near-death had subsided, the mayor summoned the leaders of the Jewish community.
“Do you know who owns this hat?” he asked them. “He is the one who has been stealing from the market.”
“It cannot be,” they replied. “We know the owner of that hat. He is one of the most respected men in our community, a gentle, G‑d-fearing scholar of the highest order.”
“No matter,” replied the mayor. “Summon him immediately.”
When the broken-hearted man was brought before him, the mayor asked, not unkindly, “Is this your hat?
“The leaders of the community have told me about you, and it is truly out of character of you to have been out pilfering coins in the market,” continued the mayor, whom the man now recognized as his captor from the night before. “It seems to me that you must have been sent by heaven to save me from the plot of my staff, who tried to take my life and steal my money. It is only right that you should have half of the treasure as reward for your actions last night.”
The poor man had never seen so much money in his life. He immediately set aside a significant portion for charity and then went back to repay all the shopkeepers from whom he had taken coins.
He then devoted the remainder of his life to charity, prayer, Torah study and other lofty pursuits.

Another story, this one about saving Iraqi Jews from being force into non-religious Ashkenazi Practices.

Too modern for her upbringing the conflict was too much:

Israeli Public Opinion Poll shows Lapid could replace Netanyahu:

Yaalon opened Pandora’s Box with his PC stance towards Arabs and the IDF suffers:,7340,L-4849698,00.html

The world of the Noachide-Ger:

Anti-IDF fanatics attack Rabbi – I would give them a choice 3 years in the army or 10 years on a chain-gang: I’m a nice guy:

A short story on intermarriage and a “Temple” that was not a true Synagogue:

Elul Part 2
(This is not powerful as I usually try to make it maybe because I am retired now)

Rabbi Pinchas Winston Shlita started off his Perceptions at the with Tisha B’Av is over and the Beis Din is breathing down our backs. That is the correct way to view things.

Work Ethics in the Office some thoughts

This week in our Parsha about monetary and other bribes. Are we using our influence to do something for the person giving a gift? We have to be careful as in one of my jobs I asked a Rav about companies that advertise their products with Calendars, Ash Trays, Pens, Pads of Paper or little note stickers and back in my day they used to give out “pocket savers”. Is it a bribe? The Rav asked if they all do this? To which I reply most if not all. If I get a pen from X and Y the competitor gives me a calendar and Z a paper weight am I influenced by it? He asked me if I made the final purchasing decision? The answer was no. I recommended let us say a part MS3470 if it was aerospace and MS3100 if it was naval. He asked me do all three make this design I said yes. Then you are specifying a standard item and not a manufacturer.

However, if I were to write a standard for loop-the-loop ice cream and only Strauss made it. If it were after they brought me a gift, I would be influenced by the gift and not giving Rio, Feldman or other ice cream manufacturers the chance to compete. In short, if you can be influenced by a gift you must refuse to take it. However, if there was only one manufacturer who made gantry parts for missiles, it would make no difference if they gave a purchasing agent or standards engineer a calendar or not they would be no choice.

Then comes the question if we take home pens and pencils from the office because “everybody does it” or use office time to play on the computer, our e-mail or even look at immodest pictures. Even intra-office phone calls or chats by desks or on-internal-line. Sometimes people would send a message BBC or big boss sees you. All this supposed work related. It is not your boss only in this world that you have to be careful about but your record after 100 years.

There is another Yetzer HaRa in the office. That is somebody getting protection from a higher up and moved into a job that naturally should have been yours or that of your boss. It happens all the time in Israel. What happens if you are passed over for a raise because of this reason or that? One fellow does nothing and looks smart for the boss and the other works hard but does not have a nice presentable desk? The fellow passed over for a raise becomes depressed a bit.

Back in the day. We had a pool of punch-card girls in the computer department. M worked by the IBM 1040. If I gave the punch card girls pages and pages of hand written documents, they would squawk. M would do the job quicker than the three and then knit to relax. Her boss appreciated her and let her do that. If you are a boss do you recognize the M’s in your department or do you treat all workers like squawkers?

There are also dress codes for the office. One manufacturer called in three engineers from my department because a vice president of a US Company had come in to sell his product and wanted to make a technical impression upon the VP. In purchasing he was dressed in a white shirt and dark pants which was more or less cordial for Israel. The three all were wearing jeans as that was the dress code for engineers in an informal engineering environment. Women should not dress up such that on lunch breaks 8 males would follow the woman around the plant. Modest dress codes for both men and women are appreciated.

Sick leave vs. vacation is another ethical problem and how many of us have come to work late with a medical note when after seeing the doctor and buying the medicines have gone to some store or place to do an errand? 

A little bit of fear of heaven and good taste go well in the office and pride in one’s job and good work is expected of the worker.

Inyanay Diyoma

Note: As the election in the States and in the future in Israel approaches I express my opinions, facts and data from others. My intent is the best for Israel. I have a friend whom I have known for well over 60 years and 60 years ago attended his Bar Mitzvah. He is very high up in the Democratic Party and one can be friends. The main goal here is for the production and distribution of words of Torah. My politics is based on what I personally believe is best for Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael and to bring the Moshiach. So if you see my political opinions vs. pure news please take this into account for my intent is not to get people angry but to enhance my view of the world. So please skip political opinions if they agitate you.

Right before Shabbos all work on trains were halted and the father of MIA and presumed dead Oren Shaul passes away.

Father of soldier who died in Lebanon kills himself by his son’s grave:

US uses system similar to Israeli Smart Artillery Shells.

Drone seen hovering by Israeli Amos 6 at the time of the explosion. Sabotage?

I was given permission by the author to redistribute the following piece of copywrite material it is not necessarily my opinion and certainly not all members of any group act in the ways mentioned: DER MUSLIMFRAGE – THE MOSLEM QUESTION © Copyright, R. Kossover, September, 2016

For decades, if not centuries, the Jew-hating Christians of Europe debated over what to do with “their Jews”, Jews living in exile in their lands. Eventually, they summed up the problems they saw with one phrase “Der Judenfrage” - “the Jewish Question”. The Nazis provided one solution that satisfied Christians immensely – extermination. The Jews, provided their own solution – Zionism, and the establishment of a Jewish State in the Land of Israel. The Nazis succeeded in killing off six million Jews – and today, Israel has six million Jews.
In essence, a solution of sorts was reached for “the Jewish Question”. The existence of the State of Israel, the IDF, and the possession of a nuclear force de frappé has essentially quietened most Jew-haters. They hate us, and they won't stop hating us – but FOR THE MOST PART, they are not the terrible threat they were to our people.
Now, we have an entirely different problem. Jews, by and large, are not a violent people. They may swindle or steal, but violence is generally not something Jews do or advocate. In the past, violenceagainst Jews – for slights, real or imagined, has been a major problem. But Jews have generally condemned other Jews who resorted to violent retaliation against our persecutors.
Even 52 year old Mr. Yisro'el Shalom, who had been living in the Borough of Newham in East London for nearly 22 years and in the last three years, was attacked 340 times and verbally abused nearly 60 times, and finally physically tortured, kicked and punched in his face by a gang of Asians (most probably Pakistanis) because he was a Jew living within the Moslem community – even he still believes that Islam is a peaceful religion and most Moslems are very loving and respectable citizens of the UK, but he is very disappointed with what happened to him recently and is very upset to see the new generation of Moslems following in the footsteps of Hitler and adapting the ideology of the Nazis, which will bring about a darker political side to the peaceful religion of Islam.
So, it is clear that when we look at Moslems, we are looking at a different kettle of fish – a kettle of piranhas, in fact (sharks are just too big to fit in any kettle).

The “holy” Qur'an, that succession of murderous verses that comprises the “holy book” of Moslems, calls for incessant violence against the non-believer, and systemized discrimination against those non-believers it is willing to “tolerate” (as in allow to continue to live) – Jews, Christians, and because there were too many of them to kill off, Hindus. You don't have to believe me – just pick up one of their damned “Qur'ans” and read it. ANY accurate translation will raise your blood pressure just reading what they have to say about you, if you are not a Moslem – or the wrong variety of Moslem. 
And, if you are a woman, of any religion, you are condemned to a life of uncomplaining servitude and to being the victim of rape by Moslem men. If you complain, YOU will be punished by being caned or flogged. There are enough You Tube videos floating around showing “Moslem justice” and how it applies to women – any women. And they start women off early by cutting off the clitorises of young girls at age five to ten. Ain't these savage bastards sweethearts?
It is clear that we have a problem with Islam, and its adherents, Moslems. There are about a billion and half Moslems, but “experts” tell us that less than two percent of them are extremists or terrorists. Well, do the math. Ten percent of 1.5 billion is 150 million; and one fifth of that (two percent) is 30 million. So, we are looking at thirty million terrorists who kill in the name of their moon good, Alláh.

So, what is the solution to “der Muslimfrage” - the Moslem Question?
The imams and mullahs of this religion preach unrelenting hatred against all non-believers every day, and especially on Fridays, when many gather in mosques to hear them spread their message of hatred and death. If only two percent of Moslems buy into their bullshit, that would be a miracle. But even two percent is thirty million murderers and killers, screaming “Alláh hu akbár” (Alláh is greater) as they decapitate, stab, flog, stone or otherwise kill their enemies. And, this is a frequent event. My e-mail inbox had over 6 such incidents of various kinds just today, 1 September, 2016.
But, just for a moment, let us look at what they scream when they engage in their murderous religion - “Alláh is greater!”. Greater than What? Greater than Whom? Since Alláh is originally the moon god of the Meccan religion (signified by the crescent moon), obviously this statement is the proclamation that their moon god is superior to all the other gods of the Meccan religion – and, by extension, all other gods as well. So, when they kill Jews, they are obviously asserting that their moon god is also greater than the God of Israel. In my book, that is idolatry. It is worse than worshiping Jesus, a mere man, as a god. But no matter how you slice the shwarma, worshiping a moon god – the central concept of Islam, is idolatry – and we Jews have the right to murder these scum off as idolaters and contaminants of the planet. Why?  We do not need their murderousness, their rapaciousness, their viciousness, their persecution of women, and contempt for non-believers, and especially, their unrelenting belief in their own superiority. They are not willing to live and let live – so let them die, while WE live.
I don't like Christianity – but I do not feel the need to murder off all two billion Christians as idolaters, simply because, for the most part, THEY DO NOT BOTHER ME! They do not try to kill me or mine. They don't throw stones at me, they don't shoot at our cars as we drive down Highway 60 in Samaria, and they don't attack or rape our people as the damned Moslems do! They USED TO, but they don't anymore. Maybe the fact that we Jews kicked Arab ass from here to Cairo, as well as here to Damascus, made them realize that messing with Jews just wasn't the fun it used to was. When a Jew is aiming his UZI at you, Jew-hatred is just not quite as safe.
Similarly, I cannot respect Hinduism, with its pantheon of semi-gods and semi-goddesses (they assert that all these semi-gods are reflections of aspects of the Godhead, so it merely borders on idolatry). BUT, HINDUS, IN ALL THE CENTURIES THAT HAVE JEWS LIVED IN INDIA, HAVE NOT PERSECUTED US AT ALL!!! That counts for something in my book. This goes for the Burmese, the Chinese, the Japanese (except during WWII), the Koreans and the remaining East Asians. In fact, during WWII, Shanghai was a refuge for Jews, if they were able to make it there.
While our job as Jews is to proclaim the One God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses, and to make the world aware of His fundamental (Noahide) Commandments, laws that separate man from beast, we are not charged with shoving our ideas down the throats of others. It is a fundamental precept of Judaism to live and let live. Good fences make for good neighbors, and an armed society is a polite society; but the point is to have a CIVIL society – another word for civilization.
Moslems are incapable of this, and have had fourteen centuries to prove that they are incapable of this.THUS, THEY NEED TO DIE, AND THEIR “RELIGION” - AND ALL THE INSTITUTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THAT "RELIGION" - NEED TO BE STAMPED OUT, LIKE THE CANCEROUS FIRE OF HELL THAT IT IS.
That is the solution to “der Muslimfrage” - the Moslem question. End of discussion.

New tourist site guaranteed no Jews or Israelis a real paradise.

After shell explodes on the Golan Heights, Syrian Artillery bombed by the IAF:,7340,L-4850369,00.html

From Linda how Communism works in Venezuela as a big protest occurs:

While border police were conducting a raid in East Yerushalayim, there was an attempted car ramming by friends of the person being arrested. As a result, one rammer dead and the other injured and arrested.

First paragraph is before I visited the site.,7340,L-4850567,00.html Partial building collapse. A lot of building materials were placed on top of a 4 story underground parking lot. There was a heavy construction crane and a bulldozer. The bulldozer fell on some area with force causing a certain collapse which unsteadied the crane and a good deal of the parking lot collapsed injuring at this time about 17 people were injured and at the time of the writing 2 dead 2 alive known to be trapped and 5 who may be alive or dead under the partial construction.

My wife had a doctor’s appointment so we had to be approximately 100 meters from the scene of the collapse. What collapsed was a four story almost half a block long and a quarter of a block wide underground parking lot. It should have held up in an earth quake but like Shimon who knocked out two columns of Dagan, the main structure folded like a pack of playing cards it was about to open to the public in three weeks. The air was full of dust. Since the police cordoned off the area to all but heavy equipment, ambulances, fire-rescue and army we had to find an alternate way to get there.

Achmed Mansour was supposed to be having lunch with his friends who he rescued from under a collapse but he wanted to finish some work at 11:30 AM. He was lucky as the collapse brought about wind that pushed him away from most of the collapse and he was only slightly injured. As I left the area about 14:30, the homeland rescue from the army had arrived. This is the fastest ground army action that I have ever seen organized for unlike the police, fire and ambulance they have to go into their stowage area to bring out equipment. The reserves had only one or two people but the regular army was going into the site with their special equipment and dogs to find survivors and prop-up things.

Leaving the area was one big traffic jam and the police were sending traffic on certain routes. Remember the injured are G-D’s handiwork. I might not be the biggest lover of Arabs but these folks are working people and when they work they are not engaged in terror.

I took a look at the horizontal metal connections to the vertical construction as the vertical in most cases held up. It appeared to my rough Gestimate that wider iron supports should have been used as the flooring collapsed in most places and not the columns. Will the engineer and the contractor go to jail or just the contractor. This is the same contractor who fired the crane operator who refused to work until safety concerns were dealt with. It was only his complaint to the labor court that stopped the use of the crane. How many more cranes and buildings have to collapse due to shoddy practices? Another body pulled from the wreckage just now only 2 missing (as of 11:30 AM Friday).,7340,L-4850838,00.html

With 114% of the vote the last time around, Allen West lost by a few votes. I do not forget and the good LRD does not forgive in the next world.

This came from a person whom I will keep anonymous due to its content. It is a similar story like “Angry Birds” App. By now, you’ve probably heard of Pokémon Go, the new “hybrid reality” mobile app game that overlays real world geographic locations with virtual monsters that are collected for points.

What you may not yet know is that the game was actually developed by a CIA-funded software front group for the purpose of using all the mobile device cameras of the brain dead public to conduct what I call “mass redundant surveillance” of any area requiring immediate video documentation by the CIA or NSA. It’s essentially a CIA spying machine pretending to be a game.

To accomplish citizen-assisted spying, the game’s puppet masters simply plop a virtual monster into any desired surveillance location, and hordes of totally brain dead apocalyptic zombie humans instantly converge on the scene, all pointing their mobile cameras at the virtual “monsters” so they can earn their virtual “points.” 
As this is happening, the video from selected players’ cameras is being streamed to the CIA in real time, along with precise GPS coordinates of the players’ locations.

The more people the CIA wants to converge onto an area of interest, the higher the monster value they place at that location.

As these photos show, when high-value monsters appear in such locations, hordes of Pokémon players rush to the scene via bicycles, taxis, automobiles and even on foot… all pointing their cameras at the high-value target and upstreaming real-time video to the CIA.

In effect, Pokémon Go is the CIA’s way of turning an obedient population of obedient zombie humans into inadvertent collectors of actionable on-the-ground intelligence.

Waste of money on Gaza as they will dig deeper and deeper.,7340,L-4850725,00.html

From Chaim O. A great idea but will not work if Achmed or Hassan explode?

Hezballah enhancing their enclave on the Golan and poised for a second front against Israel:’s-Golan-border

From Arthur: Gerald Ford might not have been the best president ever but this character was second worse president who beat him “a pure genius” or a peanut brain

Obama has reduced the USA Military Generals to Rubble:

Shoah survivor behind the general’s support of Trump:

IAF strikes Hezballah-Syrian positions on the Golan after a mortar falls:,7340,L-4852032,00.html

Ottoman era explosives found and neutralized:

Third Party Candidate Jean Stein got arrested after she did some vandalism this week. Gary Johnson must have been briefed by Obama he babbled on Syria:

The PLO wants prisoner release before negotiations and there is nothing anymore we have played this game long enough:,7340,L-4852498,00.html

Top Jihadist Commander killed in Syria:

Ed-Op Naomi Ragan not only Israel’s best choice, our only choice:

Good Shabbos everybody have a healthy and pleasant rest,

Rachamim Pauli